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Private households become 'hotspots' as we bring the virus back home

R number rises as families increasingly interact with others

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Caution: Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Caution: Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Colin Keegan

Caution: Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

People's private homes are emerging as a "hotspot" for Covid-19 outbreaks as the virus takes hold among households, it emerged yesterday.

There were 96 outbreaks of the virus in the course of a week up to last Sunday as families interact more outside their homes and bring the infection back with them.

They also include outbreaks due to house parties where young people socialise without observing physical distancing.